Spring marks the beginning of a very important period for the carp. The passage from winter to Spring forces the CARP to adapt to environmental changes that alter their reactions and their activities in the water.
For you, these behavioural changes are crucial! Better understand the reactions of carp brings you a certain advantage: adapt and set up your strategy for a more effective fishing!
4 changes in behaviours of carp in the spring
The notion of behavior is a notion which we had already spoken. To learn more, read this article.
In short, we defined a ‘behavior’ as a reaction or activity in response to external stimulation.
There are so many behaviors of carp and not a single behavior. The CARP behavior can be influenced by various factors like the seasons, fishing pressure, the presence of predators, etc.
Let’s see what are the behaviours that vary with the spring.
CARP back to the waters near the surface
1 change initiated spring for carp is the change of pace of their daily activity.
The mild temperatures makes the CARP to the strata of intermediate waters near the surface where the rays of the sun warm water.
Activity of carp is increasing as soon as the water temperature reached 10 ° C – 15 ° C. This corresponds roughly to the end of April.
Their presence near the surface also allows them to find oxygen in greater quantity, necessary to increase the pace of their daily activity.
Spring also marks the extension of the duration of days.
As the days are longer, the CARP will alternate periods of rest and activity periods.
As a carp, the lengthening of the days is an opportunity. Indeed, the time change means that carp will travel longer on the same day. This will give you as many chances to draw on your fishing area!
Intensive activity is not exclusive to the carp with fishing baits categorized by sportsqna. All the fish in the ponds, lakes and rivers will also take advantage of the spring to feed with 1st online predators. Suddenly, the CARP will try to find places where they can protect themselves from possible predators (trees immersed at the edges, etc.).
The change of pace of activity is 1 change of importance in carp. This change of pace comes with a 2nd vital behaviour change, the food.
The carp in search of more abundant food
In the spring, the activity of carp is more sustained to fulfill a basic need: food. The CARP are looking for so actively food, fuller and richer than in the winter.
The diet of the CARP consists of plants and small invertebrates. In the spring, these plants and these little animals activity intensifies. A boon for carp because they represent a varied and high-protein food.
Spring is the period where carp can eat in abundance after the synonymous with lean winter season!
For carp, this change in eating behavior is very important. Indeed, the activity of foraging to a double objective for carp:
§Reconstituer their reserves of energy depleted because of the winter.
§prendre of weight in preparation for the breeding season (spawning).
Grouping of carp in bench
CARP are white fish that are characterized by their group life. They are so very sociable fish among themselves and with other cyprinids (Rudd, Roach, etc.).
The CARP move into strips the same size and same size. Group travel also allow CARP to protect against predators.
The grouping of the carp in the spring takes special significance during the breeding season, called the “spawning”.
Spawning: crucial period for carp!
Spring is marked by the period of reproduction in the carp (spawning). This period is very important since it represents the unique time of year where carp can reproduce to ensure the future of their species.
Spawning so illustrates the 4th behaviour change of carp in the spring. This behavior change is related to the sociability of carps and more particularly of spawning. The males follow the females for spawning and deposit their seed on the eggs dropped by females in shallow and abundant food areas.
This period of reproduction mobilizes all the energy of the carp, which makes them vulnerable. Indeed, during spawning carp feed little and spend a big part of the energy accumulated in the early spring.
Spawning generally takes place when water temperatures reach about 20 ° C. This period of spawning between the end of spring and the beginning of the summer (from May to July).
Spring is a special time for carp. This season marks a rupture with the behaviour observed during the winter. The populations of carp move group to more temperate waters to prepare for spawning and feeding behaviour changes to be more rich and varied.
Now, you know the importance of understanding these 4 changes in behavior among the carp. You thus complete your knowledge on CARP and their reactions to adapt your fishing strategy.